2017 BMW 6 Series Release Date and Review

The new 2017 BMW 6 Series convertible and coupe stands tall in the two-door luxury segment thanks to the stellar powertrains, feature galore, and beautifully trimmed cabins. Some of its highlights include a superbly crafted interior, refined and powerful engines, a relatively large trunk, and the convertible comes with a versatile soft top. Its release date should be expected this fall.

For 2017, the 6 Series gains restyled exterior mirrors, a new Black Accent package, a new standard LED headlights, and a sport exhaust system.

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For anyone who has had the pleasure of riding prior 6 Series models, you can attest to the fact that it offers the perfect definition of “quiet confidence,” if such term exists. And just like every other BMW brethren, the vehicle comes with a commanding presence, first-rate technology features, and superlative turbocharged engines. The only lingering question on most driving enthusiast is whether or not the 6 Series is sporty enough.

For seasoned BMW users, it’d be strange to query BMW’s sporting credentials. However, the 2017 6 Series is undoubtedly a heavy and large vehicle, and just to be frank, some people looking for some driving athleticism may be disappointed. But to set the record straight, the 6 Series still remains a majestic beast that offers an impressive 445 horsepower for the 650i model.

However, as much as the 6 Series might seem perfect, its price range has a host of alternatives galore. They include 2017 Jaguar F-Type, 2016 Porsche 911, and 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

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BMW 6 Series – Available Trims

The new 2017 BMW 6 Series is available in only two trims: base 640i and well-equipped 650i. Each of the trims can further be specified as either convertible or coupe. The 2017 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe is reviewed separately.

2017 BMW 6 Series Exterior Redesign & Interior Changes

Standard accessories available for the 640i include keyless ignition and entry, heated six-way power front seats, automatic wipers, adaptive suspension dampers, 18” wheels, ambient interior lighting, driver memory settings, a rearview camera, automatic climate control (dual-zone), tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, power folding and heated auto-dimming mirrors, and a sport exhaust system.

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Standard infotainment features include satellite and HD radio, a navigation system, a nine-speaker sound system, mobile app integration, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a 10.2” touchscreen display, and a digital instrument panel.

The 2017 BMW 650i trim gets a 16-way power front seats, upgraded leather upholstery, 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround audio system, and 19” wheels.

The Driver Assistance Plus package available optionally includes automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, speed limit information, active blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning system, and a 360-degree camera.

The Cold Weather and Black Accent packages come with unique interior trim, a steering heated wheel, a two-tone leather upholstery, dark exterior trim, and 19/20” wheels, while the Individual Composition package includes extended premium leather upholstery, simulated suede headliner, a number of color schemes, and various interior trim inlays.

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The M Sport package comes with a faux suede headliner, 19” wheels, an aerodynamic body kit, dark exterior trim, and a sport steering wheel. Other options available include the Bang & Olufsen surround audio system, active roll stabilization, automated parallel-parking system, a variable-ratio steering, pedestrian detection, and an infrared night vision display.

Engine Specs – 2017 BMW 6 Series

An eight-speed auto transmission system with paddle shifters, a rear-wheel-drive, and a launch control all come standard. The xDrive is optional.

A turbocharged 3.0L inline-six engine rated at 330 pounds of torque and 315 horsepower is available for the 2017 BMW 640i engine. Also, an automatic stop-start system is available, which shuts down the engine whenever the vehicle comes to a halt.

As per the EPA fuel economy ratings, the 640i coupe should return 20/31/24 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 20/31/24 mpg for the 640i Convertible. With an xDrive, expect 20/29/23 mpg for both the convertible and coupe.

Stepping up the performance to another level is the 2017 BMW 650i, which comes with a 4.4L turbocharged V8 engine rated at 445 horsepower and 480 pounds of torque. EPA stats for the 650i convertible and coupe stand at 17/25/20 mpg, and 16/25/19 mpg for the 650i xDrive.

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Release Date & 2017 BMW 6 Series Convertible Price

The 2017 BMW 6 Series coupe should set you back by an MSRP price starting from $77, 300, the Sedan from $79,500, and $84,800 for the Convertible. As for its release date, we should expect the first model this fall.

2019 BMW 6 Series GT Finally being Exposed

One of the more intriguing additions to the BMW roster is the 2019 BMW 6 Series model. It is a car which has been a surprising addition since it is based on the car which was the least popular BMW model. But in order to popularize it more they decided to make a completely new car out of it and present it to public.

The original model was actually released in 2009 as an F-10 model of the 5 Series Gran Turismo model. It was designed to serve as both a GT, a sport sedan and at the same time act as an SUV. It does sound good to have an inside design of a 7 Series, a larger trunk that a 5 Series and the headroom of an X5 car but it did not pane out to be as great as it sounds on paper. The BMW 5 Series was treated as the company’s least popular model, but they are planning of replacing it with the upcoming 2019 BMW 6 Series in an effort to redeem themselves.

The 6 Series will only be based on the previous 5 Series models and there are also rumors which say that the new GT will also be replacing the 6 Series Gran Coupe at the same time. The Gran Coupe is not a popular car on its own so it would be entirely possible that they decide to do that perhaps phase out the 4-door model of the 2-door coupe.

The competition coming from Audi and Porsche is getting stiffer and the 2019 BMW 6 Series will not have an easy task competing with those models. Only time will tell and we will get to see more of it once the release date is cleared. For now we have this review to help you seen just how much of the car will be redesigned.

When is the Release Date of the 2019 BMW 6 Series GT?

When it comes to the release date of the 2019 BMW 6 Series GT we fill that it will not be available for quite some time now. The spy photos have just emerged and a lot of the information is still fresh. The car will make its official debut somewhere close to 2019 and it is expected that they keep their word and bring forth a version which will sell better.

What about the Price?

The price of the 2019 BMW 6 Series GT is still not given and it will be quite some time until we get an exact figure. But as we assume, the model might be priced four grand higher compared to the 6 Series as it was the case between the 5 Series and the 5 Series GT. This means that we can expect it to be around $56,000, while the 640i will get to $61,000 and the range topping 650i could go all the way to $75,000.

Exterior Details

Since the current information for the 2019 BMW 6 Series GT comes only from the pictures taken from the test car, there are still many things which might additionally emerge. But at first glance it is pretty obvious that the new 6 Series GT is going to heavily rely on the base 6 Series form. The front part of the car is almost copied verbatim with the same type of a kidney grille design and familiar arched headlamps on the front. The bumper seems to have a more of an aggressive look in the lower part and it appears that the prototype also has some M Sport pieces added as well.

The side of the 6 Series GT is a copy of the 5 Series GT outgoing one. Even though they are almost the same you will notice that the difference include a difference in the roof height which is lower above the B- and also the C-pillars, a some slimmer redesigned windows, and a much smoother transmission from rear glass to the trunk.

The rear end has more noticeable changes with the decklid which has a raked design towards the fascia part, while the upper piece of the trunk lid is designed to be narrower. The taillights have also been redesigned but still look similar to the outgoing 5 Series GT. They also seems to be more smooth around the edges and looks similarly to the standard 5 Series. All in all, the 2019 BMW 6 Series GT represents not a big change compared to the car which is replacing, but it is a change nonetheless.

Changes on the Inside

Although there are not clear interior pictures of the future 2019 BMW 6 Series GT, we’re pretty sure that the interior is going to be mostly based on the regular 5 Series, which has been based on the 7 Series sedan before that. So the additions that we expect is a new dashboard with wood veneer and air conditioning vents and also HVAC controls integrated into the center stack. Other additions include the big infotainment screen and redesigned door panels with some new storage spaces.

The front seats should include the standard 16-way electrically adjustable with adjustable bolsters for the sides brining you the best lateral support possible. We will probably get the 20-way adjustable seats with multi-contour available for front occupants as an optional piece of equipment. The rear will provide more space on the interior and we expect more legroom with the shoulder room and headroom being better than the 5 Series GT.

Powertrain Ability of the 2019 BMW 6 Series GT

The 2019 BMW 6 Series GT does share its badge with the 6 Series vehicles but sharing underpinnings and drivetrains with the newest 5 Series. For now we do not know if the GT gets all the powertrains which come for the standard version but we are sure to see the smaller 2.0-liter four-cylinder and the bigger 3.0-liter six-cylinder offered. We expect that the US based 360i GT manages to churn out an output of 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. If you decide to go for a more powerful version you can use the six-cylinder offers and gain an output of 335 horses and 332 pound-feet of twist. And finally, buyers in North America will also get the V-8 engine with a 4.4-liter displacement for the M650i xDrive GT car which makes 456 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque.

As for the European versions, the 530i GT has 252 PS and 350 Nm, the 450i GT is going to provide 340 PS and 450 Nm, and the customers in Europe will also get a 530d GT which is a diesel model, which offers a six-cylinder engine with a single-turbo and an output of 265 PS and 620 Nm of twist. There is also the 530e iPerformance GT version which is a plug-in hybrid model which has a range of 27 miles.

Top Speed and 0-60 mph

With the use of the given engines the 2019 BMW 6 Series GT will potentially make similar specs as the model its engines it borrows. We expect that the 0-60 mph performance to range between 5.8 and 6.0 seconds. The top speed will most likely be kept to between 130 and 155 mph depending on the engine and trim level.

Fuel Economy Stats

Currently the 2019 BMW 6 Series GT does not have any specifications stated about the fuel economy. It will still take some time to determine it based on the changes which get to be made. But if we were to compare it to the engines used in the 5 Series from which it borrows the powertrain we are looking at a rating of 23 mpg city, 34 mpg highway and a combined EPA score of 27 mpg.

Dimensions and Size for the 2019 BMW 6 Series GT

The size of the 2019 BMW 6 Series GT is not determined officially. As we only have the latest batch of spay photos to base the estimations upon, it does not really leave us with a whole lot to determine if any changes get to be implemented. Much of the design is kept the same with the 5 Series so there is a great possibility that the dimensions are transferred. More on that once the date is released.

Safety Stats

The scores for safety 2019 BMW 6 Series GT are still a long ways away. But this BMW is not going to go without the standard set of advanced safety pieces which are going to keep this car like many other BMW models before it. Optional equipment might be standard on some upper trims as well.

Competing Models

The latest 2019 BMW 6 Series GT will have immense competition as there are already models that have been on the market for a longer time on the market present than it. The slower sales of the previous model does not help at all and it only makes things that much harder for the new model. The vehicles which are at the top currently include the Porsche Panamera model and the Audi A5 Sportback.

The 2019 BMW M5 Touring Possibly Happening

There is a significant hype being raised about a 2019 BMW M5 Touring model being made, but for now these only remain as rumors. The car has the potential of being made and a wagon offer has not been offered for a long time for this version, which is what is getting the crowd so excited.

The BMW 7 Series has already been showcased as a 2017 model but they have not confirmed if the M5 will be following it. Yet the rumors about it are getting bigger and bigger and the details are being gathered even further. It is known that the 7 Series is going to receive a new lightweight platform but perhaps bigger news would be the addition of a M5 with an all-wheel drive system. Getting a wagon version may not seem to be a spectacle for wider array of audiences but we assure you that it is a very important part of the overall design of the car.

The high-performance wagon is rarely seen recently and there were no signs that it would cahge for the future and that they may start including it so getting the M5 Touring might finally change that. People appreciate the M5 sedan a lot more, but wouldn’t it be awesome to get a wagon like in the good old days which might give us an added option to an already great lineup.

How will the New 2019 BMW M5 Touring Look Like?

Since there are no official images of the 2019 BMW M5 Touring available we only have some possible renderings to work with. The car might take some time to happen and although the idea sounds pretty good it will be pretty significant to gain it in terms of it bringing back the popularity that it once held.

The exterior of the 2019 BMW M5 Touring is now easier to wrap your head around to since the next-generation 5 Series has already been revealed. The new mid-size model is supposed to take some inspiration from the latest 7 Series model, which comes with a bigger kidney grille design and sleeker headlamps. The bumper in the front is presumed to be sculptured in the manner of the latest M3 and M4 but will come with center intake shaped in a trapezoidal manner and large outlets on its sides. The front part will also come with a bulging hood and black finishes for the grille in the front and the gills on the fender part.

The rear end will include sleeker taillights from the new 5 Series. Also present will be a sporty diffuser and a redesigned bumper as well and two exhaust tips seen below. You can also expect updated side skirts, a few new color optiosn for the exterior and a new wheel design. And as we have it with all the BMW vehicles, the next one will be more aggressive compared to the previous one.

The potential interior look of the 2019 BMW M5 Touring will follow the guise of the recent M badged BMW models. So first of all expect M badges in almost every corner possible of the M5 Touring. Exclusive for these models are sporty bucket seats which could be wrapped in Merino leather, offered as standard.

But optionally there might be the BMW individual semi-aniline leather provided as well. We can expect to see a lot of some darker chrome additions, some carbon-fiber trims and a flat-bottom steering wheel. This will all be combined with the latest cabin design which was already featured in the latest 5 Series.

What are the Potential Drivetrains?

When the 2019 BMW M5 Touring is finally made, we presume that it will use an expanded version of the twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. The output for this model might range to around 600 horsepower, which will be a very large increase compared to the 552 horses that it has now. But more exciting news is the addition of an all-wheel drive will help the wagon gain better acceleration and also better traction control.

We also assume that an xDrive system will come optionally. But since Mercedes has already decided to go full AWD and do not offer an RWD for the US version, it might just so happen that in the next few years BMW does the same. The 6-speed manual transmissions might remain as an option for the US audiences but not in the combination with the all-wheel drive.

We actually expect that the current 7-speed transmission with dual-clutch options will be substituted with a ZF, 8-speed automatic, as it already has a version to go with the AWD in the X6M and X5M. The performance would climb to 3.8 seconds to reach 0-60 mph while the top speed may be 155 mph.

What would the Estimated 2019 BMW M5 Touring Price be?

Estimating the price of the 2019 BMW M5 Touring could prove to be quite difficult. Since the current M5 model is not available in a wagon form, there are no solid evidence to match the price with. But you can bet that it will cost a lot more than the current M5 Touring, range-topping version, which is only available in Europe. The 550i Touring is still the most expensive gasoline based model and is priced €75,700, and the diesel variant M550d Touring amounts to €85,100. If we base it on these numbers the price will probably climb to €110,000 in Europe while the US price will be around $100,000 without additonal options.

What are the Competing Vehicles?

In fact there are a number of cars which might be considered as suitable rivals for the 2019 BMW M5 Touring. The most notable and obvious choices are the Mercedes-AMG E63 Wagon and the Volvo V90 which are also going to be followed by the Audi RS6 Avant.

History of the BMW M5 Touring

This nameplate offered a wagon body for some brief periods in its lifespan. The M5 arrived first in 1985 but the wagon body was only made in 1989 which came with the second-generation of vehicles. The E34 stopped existing in 1995 and with it the M5 Touring went down as well and the third-generation M5s were only sold as sedan version. But the Touring trim came back in 2005 when the wagon returned. It actually caused a great sensation as it was something that was not expected to happen.

Not only did it have a gorgeous style but it also carried an enormous V-10 under its hood. Now after a time of six years since the wagon was discontinued, and we do mean for the second time, it is the perfect time for a beefed up mid-size wagon to return once more. Perhaps the best news is that the model might cross to the US instantly upon release.

Conclusion

Even though there are no evidence of a 2019 BMW M5 Touring returning right now, it will certainly happen in the future. There is a need for a high-performance wagon model and they are going to bring it back. The car has made a return already twice so a third incarnation might easily be on the way. The prime reason is that Mercedes and Audi have been established their customer niche and BMW could use this opportunity and get a piece of the cake themselves.

Even with the fact that high-performance, midsize wagons are not as popular and are low-volume cars BMW is not going to completely abandon the prospect of making them and gaining an opportunity to make a new Touring.